Whether we're talking about hemispheric bragging rights or the celebration of a war hero, this weekend is a big one for international rugby.
Who's The New Boss?
Eddie Jones won a World Championship with Australia, and then led Japan to a famous World Cup win over South Africa. Now he is looking to beat both of those teams while at the helm of England.
The last two games for England have been one-pointers (win over South Africa, and loss to New Zealand). Now the Roses look to take on Japan, and should be heavily favored. Except Japan doesn't care who's favored.
Can You Have A Six-Star General?
What they say is, if you could, General John J. Pershing would have been one. A hero as the leader of the US Armed Forces in World War I, and a hero to the Romanian people as well, Pershing helped organize a rugby game post-war between the USA and Romania, and so now these countries play for the Pershing Cup.
It's a rivalry almost 100 years old, and is reborn in Bucharest.
Time To Make A Statement
Is Scotland ready to pull an Ireland and move to the very upper echelon? To do that, the Scots need to beat South Africa in what is a huge clash for both nations.
These Guys Have A Different Word For Everything
Sometimes it's easy to overlook the non English-speaking rugby nations. Try is Essai, or Essayo. Hooker is Taloneur. It's weird, right? France almost beat South Africa last week and is looking for a victory to turn the momentum around with the World Cup looming in 2019.
Argentina still remembers beating France twice in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, which was in France, and would dearly love to do it again. But is the Pumas' traditional strength, the scrum, fading?
Race For #2?
Who is the 2nd-best women's team in the world? Yes, we know New Zealand is #1, but #2? Well, maybe our money is on France, but it could also be England or Canada. And guess what? We've got England vs Canada right here.